Concert in Caldas da Rainha

Our concert FAROESTE – Encontro de Música de Câmara Contemporânea e Improvisa, at the Museu José Malhoa in Caldas da Rainha.

Beautiful space !

Took place on December 4th, 2016 with:
Paulo Chagas – flauta, oboé
Fernando Simões – trombone
Pedro Rebelo – piano
Paulo Leal Duarte – guitarra eléctrica

Clean Feed – Record Label, Parede

Huge thanks to Pedro Costa (a busy man!) who took loads of time (and made me coffee!) to chat about his enterprise – the label Clean Feed Records, a label dedicated mostly to creative, contemporary jazz music, a label that Pedro started in Lisbon in 2001.
In his cosy office in Parede (very close to SMUP, indeed) we spoke about his sense of the Portuguese improvised music scene and its development over the last few years as well as his newer label, called Shhpuma, which according to the label’s vision focuses “mainly on the Portuguese creative music scene, but [is] open to releasing vibrant and vital music by committed artists from all over the globe”.

Thanks to Clean Feed and Pedro for taking the time to chat !


Peniche at MIA

At the end of September I had the great pleasure to speak to Paulo Chagas (see his video interview on the Video Tab). Paulo and Fernando started what has become quite an iconic music encounter in Portugal – the MIA Festival (Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia).
It’s an annual meeting place for improvisers from Portugal – and from abroad – and musicians play with loads of different players over two days. The idea is to mix and match, to find new players, new ideas, to have great food and wine and to enjoy listening to musicians from different backgrounds and different ages.

When we met in September I heard their Sexteto Criativo in the beautiful chapel ‘Capela de Stª Bárbara in the Fortaleza de Peniche’.
Players included:

Maria do Mar – violino
Helena Espvall – violoncelo
Paulo Duarte – guitarra eléctrica
Paulo Chagas – flauta e oboé
Paulo Galão – clarinetes soprano e baixo
Fernando Simões – trombone

Sonoscopia, Porto

Great to hear the first bits of improvised on-goings at yesterday’s Sonoscopia festival – indeed the ‘shortest summer festival’ entitled “Noise” which celebrates, organised noise, underground and DIY culture.

Set in a quaint, almost covert, building in Porto in Rua da Prelada (No.33 – yes, you need to ring the doorbell to gain access!), the collective of artists has an incredibly beautiful set-up, with lots of outdoor space where listeners can chill on hammocks and cushions, several performance areas plus office space and kitchen facilities.
Sonoscopia is a platform for producing, creating, and promoting sound based projects; they research sound in its widest sense while linking with other disciplines including visual arts, literature, dance and theatre.

At yesterday’s “Noise” festival vegetarian cooking, steak sandwiches, lots of chilled beers and experimental drinks accompanied this varied programme of sounds and electronics:
17:00 – Preto Marfim (pt)
17:30 – Rui Faustino & Shadow Man & Pedro Branco (pt)
18:00 – Ricardo Webbens (pt)
18:30 – Bezbog (pt)
19:00 – Alexandre Soares & Pedro Oliveira (pt)
20:00 – Rita Braga (pt)
20:30 – Sukitoa O Namau (fr)
21:00 – Marcelo dos Reis & Luís Vicente & Onno Govaert & Kristjan Martinsson (pt/nl/is)
21:30 – Artur Vidal (es)

Although a beer swimming pool had been aimed for (!), plenty of  artists’ tables with cassette tapes, drawings, T-shirts alongside a great BBQ, golf clubs and a highly interested music crowd, listening attentively throughout, made up for it.